Here I am, in lil ol' NZ in the middle of Winter and needing fresh, easy and affordable ideas for Winter meals. Vegetarian or meat based, not worried. Slow cooker, oven, stove top etc you name it, what are your favorites? One of our favorites is a chilli beef cheeks recipie I found in a magazine and it's so good! Sweet, savory and spicy all at the same time! But we can't have it every night as much I would love to. We eat a LOT of bacon broth based soups (I make my own stocks) as well and every so often I throw together a creamy chicken and mushroom soup too - that's not too often though because it can get expensive.